We Wore Our Teenage Perfumes for a Week—and There Were So Many Emotions

Amy Lawrenson

For many, the first perfume you wore as a teenager will hold a special place in your heart. It's often the scent that reminds us of the transition from child to awkward teen. A whiff of the scent 10, 20, 30 years on can transport you back to a time filled with first loves, teenage angst and that excited feeling that your life is just beginning. Scent is closely associated with memories because when you smell a fragrance, it's processed in the brain and passed into the limbic system. This part also plays a major role in mood, memory and emotion, which is why a whiff of an old perfume can transport you back to long-lost moments in time. But would you wear your teenage perfume now? My four colleagues and I did just that: We wore the scents we spritzed at 15 once again to see whether it would bring back old memories, whether it's in any way similar to the perfume choices we make today and most importantly, whether we would reach for that bottle again.

Keep scrolling to take a trip down memory lane with us.

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